If you work in the food industry, you will already know how important it is to monitor for pests and eliminate any issues before they become a problem. It is likely that you will already have a reputable Orlando exterminator or an exterminator in North VA to deal with any issue you find.
The simple fact is that pests can do a lot of damage to a building and carry disease. The presence of pests is often enough to get you a warning from your health inspector and a second incident can result in your business being closed down.
That is not a risk, you will be willing to take and the reason why you need to follow this pest control checklist:
Food Storage Check
All food should be stored in sealed containers. This prevents it from attracting pests and prevents them from getting to it and contaminating it. It is a good idea to check all food storage areas at least once a week. You will be looking for open food packets not in containers and any sign of teeth marks, even on the storage containers. This will tell you pests are trying to get to your food and need to be dealt with.
It is essential to keep all food preparation surfaces and the floor clean. They should be wiped over every day and antibacterial spray should be used. You can then inspect the floor regularly for any signs of pests. This can be discarded wings, pest waste products, or even the odd dead pest.
If you see one, there is a good chance that there are more and you are dealing with an infestation.
A vital part of any food industry checklist is to get the experts in regularly, this means at least once every six months to give your place a once over. It may seem excessive to get them in two or even three times a year. But, when you are in the food industry the last thing you want is a pest problem.
A health inspector closing your business is bad for your finances and can be terrible for your reputation. In that context, paying for a few inspections is well worth it.
Of course, it’s not just a matter of checking the food is stored properly. You also need to think about when the food is on display or being used. It is essential that there are adequate food coverings to ensure pests can’t get onto the food while it is being prepared.
Finally, you should always be vigilant regarding the hygiene of your workers. They should wear gloves when necessary, when they are not wearing gloves they should wash their hands frequently. Hair nets are also essential hygiene equipment and ensure the food is protected from ‘extras’.
In addition, you should make sure that the rubbish bins are kept clean and have lids that are always in place. Don’t forget to clean all the hard-to-reach areas!